UCL Recap, Higlights: Barca Too Strong For Man City, PSG Waltz Past Leverkusen


Staff Writer

It was always going to take a massive performance from Manchester City at the Camp Nou to get the result they needed. With the match scoreless at the half, City had hope that they could still get something out of the game. However, in the end Barcelona was too strong as the Manchester club is now knocked out of the competition after a 2-1 loss (4-1 aggregate).

Barcelona had a penalty shout early on when Joleon Lescott bundled Lionel Messi in the box, but no call came from the referee. Later in the first, a Neymar goal was disallowed after Jordi Alba was deemed offside, although the call appeared a bit harsh.

It was then none other than Messi to push the Catalan side into the lead — although it came with a bit of fortune. Cesc Fabregas attempted to play a through ball to Messi, but Lescott was in a good position to cut it out. However, the ball bounced around his feet and eventually ended up behind him. Messi latched onto the loose ball and as City keeper Joe Hart came off his line, Messi lofted the ball over him in the 67th minute.

The visitors had their own shout for a penalty when Gerard Pique took down substitute Edin Dzeko. In the aftermath of the non-call, City’s players protested and Pablo Zabaleta was given his marching orders with a second yellow card.

City was able to pull one back late in the match when Vincent Kompany headed home after Dzeko flicked on a corner in the 90th minute. That goal would only be consolation as Dani Alves added a goal in stoppage time to give Barca another victory over City.

The game mirrored the first leg with the same goal scorers for Barca and some questionable refereeing decisions. In the end, the main takeaway is that Barcelona is just a much stronger team than City. Although the Manchester club didn’t play poorly over the two legs, the Catalans were that much better in every facet.

Here are the match highlights:

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However, Bayer Leverkusen put a slight scare into the Parisian club, taking the lead after just six minutes. Giulio Donati’s cross from the right hand side picked out Sidney Sam who headed home.

For the visiting side, their lead was short lived. Marquinhos scored with his head after a corner kick.

Leverkusen had a chance to make the tie a little more interesting, even though the German side still would have had a mountain to climb, but PSG keeper Salvatore Sirigu saved Simon Rolfes penalty kick.

The home side than added another with Ezequiel Lavezzi’s striker inside the box in the 53rd minute, capping off a dominant two leg performance.

PSG are searching for their first Champions League trophy and will be one of the favorites heading into the quarterfinals. With the form the Ligue Un leaders have enjoyed, they will be one club no one wants to face in the next round.

Here are the match highlights:

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